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Samsung introduces the first Tizen phone – the Samsung Z smartphone

ByinAnnouncements | June 2, 2014

Samsung Z BlackWe have waited quite a long time for this to happen and frankly, quite often we thought that the project will be abandoned but the day has finally arrived. Earlier today Samsung announced to the world the first Tizen phone – the Samsung Z smartphone. The Samsung Z is expected to hit the European markets sometime around this fall.  Users in Russia will be the first lucky ones to get their hands on the device. After that, the smartphone will be released in other parts of the world including US shores.

Samsung Z Tizen Smartphone

Samsung ZThe Samsung Z Tizen phone appears to be a decent upper-mid-range offering, though it’s the platform that interests us most. The concept of Tizen operating system dates back to 2011 when the folks from Intel parted ways with Nokia and decided to pursue their own plans. Soon after that, the company teamed up with Samsung to create a new Linux-based operating system. During the process of development a number of other manufacturers, carriers, and software developers joined the project.

The idea behind Tizen was to create a platform that would provide uniform experience and could be easily employed in a variety of devices including smartphones, tablets, TVs, wearables, and even vehicles. Tizen shares the same Linux roots as Android but it favors apps written in HTML5 rather than Java, though both languages are supported by Tizen as well as by Android.

The road to success was bumpy to say the least. At some point in 2013 it was even speculated that the project could be cancelled, but it turned out that it was just a rumor. Earlier this year Samsung launched its first Tizen smartwatches, Gear 2 and Gear 2 Neo, and today the company lifted the veils off of its first Tizen smartphone.

The Samsung Z sports a classy “slim, angular” design with the typical button arrangement and the distinctive faux leather back reminiscent of the Galaxy Note lineup. The phone features a 4.8-inch HD (1280 x 720) AMOLED display with a pixel density of 306 ppi and is powered by 2.3 GHz quad-core processor of unknown type and make. The handset comes with 2 GB of RAM and 16 GB of internal storage with an option to add up to 64 GB more through microSD slot.

The Samsung Z is equipped with dual cameras with an 8-megapixel sensor residing on the back and a 2.1-megapixel snapper sitting on the front panel. The camera software offers multiple shooting options, for example Mini mode, Quick Shot, Best Photo, Drama, and Panorama. Connectivity features include 4G LTE, Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n, MIMO, Bluetooth 4.0 BLE, USB 2.0, NFC and IR blaster. The phone also packs a wide range of sensors such as accelerometer, gyro, proximity, compass, barometer as well as fingerprint scanner and heart rate sensor. The Samsung Z measures 138.2 x 69.8 x 8.5 mm and weighs 136 grams.

Even though it’s a completely different platform, Tizen does resemble Android with TouchWiz skin on top. It even shares a few of the features that up until now were available only on Samsung smartphones such as Download Booster, S Health 3.0 and Ultra Power Saving Mode. Samsung wasn’t very forthcoming about its new platform but revealed that it will bring optimization, fast startup times, and “immediate multi-tasking capabilities.”

source: Samsung Tomorrow

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